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Justice seeks to delay vote in Houston.

The Justice Department is seeking a delay in the November 5 Houston city council and mayoral elections for violations of the Voting Rights Act.

In a lawsuit file on October 17, the Justice Department has charged that new electoral districts discriminate against Hispanics and called for a new plan to increase Hispanic representation on the City Council.

Houston, the nation's fourth largest city, has nine Council members representing single district and five at-large seats. Currently, the Council has five black members and one Hispanic member. The 1990 census found that Houston's 1.6 million population includes 450,483 Hispanics and 457,990 blacks.

Voters rejected a proposal to expand the City Council to 22 members as a way to expand Hispanic representation during an August referendum.
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Title Annotation:Department of Justice charges that new electoral districts violate the Voting Rights Act
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Oct 28, 1991
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